Roland TR-505
Roland TR-505

TR-505, Drum Machine from Roland in the TR series.

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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 6 reviews )
 2 reviews33 %
 4 reviews67 %
Audience: Beginners
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leb_y's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland TR-505
I do not return the detailed characteristics, they are higher. The features that are missing: super light and strong.
I trimbalée everywhere. (Although without necessarily storing it in bulk, impeccable ... It still works over time (although it must be 15 years ...). Only small BMOL - the volume knob crackles a bit now when touched.


Essenciel I use it as "advanced metronome" - this allows me to write ^ 2 / 3 patern that I'm running in a loop when I want a part of guitard or synth. & %&%&%&% The sounds are quite sufficient for my use but beware - there is no recording studio with that - it's primarily a tool if we plunge into the "Isabelle has blue eyes "strangers and we recognize a good drum machine.


a useful tool for searching when it was not the drummer on hand. Strong lightweight and reliable.


A good tool!

total's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A meeting ..."

Roland TR-505
Connectors classic: 2 Output Jacks, 2 MIDI. Too bad there is no separate outputs.


Simple to use, just a few moments to read the manual to understand its operation.


Sounds appropriate to me, I made the coldwave and I was looking for these types of sounds 80's.


I have been using less than a year, initially I was looking (and still looking for a TR707) and after hearing samples of the 2 machines that are relatively close in sound and falling by chance on an ad I became TR505 .

I was looking for sounds 80's New Wave type and I could not be better. After a while adopting the TR505 has become a special place in my studio. For better flexibility and the absence of separate output, I chose the sampler and to integrate it into Kontakt to be free from physical restraint.
I am working on its sound with the equalizer to get exactly the record that I wanted. Something very important, the reverb! It is she who gives life to the TR505 that I love since the day she came into my possession.

If you search with the sounds of 80's character typed this machine will reward you. The major drawback is the lack of separate outputs ...

aphexhead's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland TR-505
Output: MIDI in / out, audio left / right stereo headphone output +.
16 sounds, a bass drum cymbal pattern of 64 editable.
there is no effect unless the accent.
The sequencer roland is EXCELLENT and no need of memory storage.


Configuration and editing is very simple, 90 years! Manual not essential but can be useful in the composition or aprofondir adjustable Midi pad etc ...!


Sounds, 90 digital debut not valid (20). It's a Roland TR so I can not talk about his realistic! But Isaiah with multi-effect (effect pedal ...) and the results in a drum machine and very generous humanisé.j 'uses the bass drum + snare + cymbals + opened and closed the clash and percussionist who is not bad acompagné a slight reverb.


I use it for a year after releasing (domage. ..!) TR 707.J I love it with the TR505 are clear digital sound but I preferred my TR 707 analog hottest and the most it had a volume control knob a zipper for each instrument.Sur the 505 level must be pressed to choose the instrument and press another button unless pratique.Un least for live 707.Conclusion that we will go a long way together, I'm not ready to I think the sell and buy a 707 TR has a chance!

jeffer7's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland TR-505
Old MODELS simple and concise online Austr. All the main sounds to get support on rock / blues / jazz
It's the old trs strandard connection, and even asked when bbte six batteries that are usually wasted if you forget the button on / off


With childlike record: there are a few ways to know who learned in less than 2min and go. To its rhythms and whole pieces will need to spend a few 1 / 4 hours on the record.
however, no notice: no chocolate.
Even if it's simple it is MANDATORY

Ideal for beginners or for not taking the head


The sounds are excellent. Now that it sr branch on my little amp and working on the branch of a monstrous amp buddy, is your exact diffrent trs.


I've had 2 / 3 years, it includes everything I expect from a rhythm box: simple, efficient modularity.
The only trouble is telling me that one day it will fall can be broken down and that I should buy another ... the same.

sonicmath's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland TR-505
Digital pace box 80's super simple to use and super ugly looking (but who cares). ncssite even when the possession of the manual. but when he was a forward on its own.


Easy, but tedious when it comes to making songs entires.


The sound is a bit aggressive (nurique of era) and not specially raliste (but is not the GOAL). one can get tired of dat sound of this machine, but just plug it into effect or even a gualiseur graphic to go to other cons. but the effect Kalashnikov is guaranteed with the snare and pushed the tempo well.


This is the BAR of hay (not to buy over 150 [and still ...]). it ncssite of ingniosit and imagination recording.

iXtlan23's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland TR-505
Sequencer matrix of 16 rating (scalable or 1 / 4 time)
4x16 + 4x16 users pattern original pattern

- TRS 6.5 L / R (+ mono on the right)
- Phones
- Footswitch START / STOP
- Tape in / out jack (3.5)
- 9v power supply (

+ 2 LR6 1.5V for saving patterns


seen like that it pays too much of mine ... an old roland has almost 20 years .... carracteristique enough to limit ... but what a sequencer inimitable!

the big highlights of the 505 (and all the STR in general) is the slight shift in the sequence that is not "carrquot; sequncer as of today (RM1X, MPC, etc.. ) groove ... it naturally slightly displaced orbits notes, which gives hi hat or snares innimitable a feeling ....

The sequencer and very very easy to use ... perfect for learning basic programming of a pattern, and allows for use of live playing with his pads to change the pattern directly on the fly ... and play 2 and 3 paterns patterns ... what a piece in 4 / 4 will create a lag and provides a groove great (at least for one type tekno music nikel it works!)

over the sequencer can be triggered or the net stop START / STOP button ... making it a very bone machine to head the chain noon to make "stop & go".


Of course the sounds are 20 years old and are not modifiable (not expect to hear a waldorf) but used with some effect and the well doss HH, snares or any percu sound great (especially for breaks)

it has 16 different sounds, each with its matrix sequence which the volume is adjusted with two small buttons (+ and -)

the 16 sounds are low conga, hi conga, timbale, cowbell low, hi cowbell, hand clap, crash cymbal, ride cymbal, bass drum, low tom, mid tom, hi tom, rim shot, closed hihat, open hihat.
+ A matrix for the accentuation of notes


This is an ideal machine for improvisation in a live electronic music, at least in a home studio behind cubase!
moreover is small, its flexibility and ridiculously low prices today are a BR ideal for learning to program a sequence ... and even then ... It's been 6 years that I have a TR 505 and TR 707 one and I use tjrs FREQUENTLY ... (I even tried to buy a TR 626!

mechanics crazy!